The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Mission Statement:
The mission of the Fairmont State Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing Program is to offer quality nursing education to nurses in North Central West Virginia and beyond.
The program of instruction prepares nurses to restore, maintain, and promote health and to provide complex care to patients across the lifespan and in diverse settings. Resources and energies are focused on students and the community through education, scholarly activities, and service. These endeavors strengthen the quality of nursing care provided to health care consumers and enables nurses to meet the challenge of professional nursing practice and a lifetime of learning.
Philosophy of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
The School of Nursing and Allied Health Administration is an integral component of Fairmont State University, committed to providing quality baccalaureate education of registered nurses. In concurrence with the mission of the university and the commitment to the community and society, the nursing faculty accepts the responsibility of providing a caring and open educational environment in which knowledge is shared, role development is enhanced, and a foundation for graduate education is established.
Nursing education is achieved through the active participation of the faculty and student in inquiry, discovery, practice, and scholarship. Throughout the program, learners are expected to be self-disciplined, self-directed, and accountable for their own learning.
The faculty views education as a continuous lifelong process that influences and promotes the development of personal, intellectual, and professional growth. The integration of the student’s intellectual, personal, ethical, and cultural development, coupled with a strong general education foundation encourages and promotes the growth of every student. By fostering professional growth, the faculty encourages the student to become a skilled decision-maker, an effective nurse generalist, and a positive influence on the nursing profession and society.
The conceptual framework upon which the BSN curriculum is based illustrates relationships among major professional concepts. Skills in professional role development, decision-making, and patient-centered care overlap and come together to form and to support effective practice as a nurse generalist.
Professional Role Development
Nursing is advancing into an era of expanding professional roles and responsibilities. The faculty believes that professors are responsible for the preparation of professional nurses who can assume current roles and meet the future needs of the evolving health system. In the RN to BSN completion program, students expand on the role of the novice nurse to include that of a care provider (educator, advocate, and partner); care designer, manager, and coordinator (team leader or member, delegator, evaluator, and communicator); and productive member of the profession.
Nurses function in an environment where information and clinical situations change frequently. Critical thinking helps the nurse to analyze and respond to different challenges in a more competent way and is essential to effective decision-making. The nurse generalist must engage in purposeful and outcome-directed problem-solving processes that are driven by the patient, family, and community needs and are based on the principles of the nursing process, prioritization, and the scientific method. Effective decision-making requires specific nursing knowledge, skills, and experiences and is guided by professional standards and ethical codes. Effective decision-making also requires nurses to use intuition, examine feelings, clarify and evaluate evidences, collaborate with other healthcare professionals, and be aware of the importance and impact of change.
Nursing focuses on patient-centered care. Holistic care is provided to individual patients, families, communities, and populations based on individualized needs, and cultural and age-specific needs and patient preferences must be taken into consideration. Skilled nurse generalists strive to ensure that patient-centered care is delivered safely, effectively, and efficiently. Patient-centered care can be enhanced by the use of technology and scientific evidence. In delivering care, professional nurse generalists must frame practice within professional practice standards and legal and ethical codes.